Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) and its discussion forum Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions (HESSD) offer an efficient new way of publishing special issues for measurement campaigns, conferences, etc. The individual papers are peer-reviewed and published as soon as they are available in regular issues; they are then labelled as part of the special issue and linked electronically.
The specific advantages are the following:
Publication date is not delayed by the latest paper, which is behind in the peer-review process: every individual contribution to the special issue is published as soon as it is available.
Efficient interactive discussion of the common theme takes places on the HESSD website.
Prepublication of discussion papers in HESSD allows efficient cross-referencing between the final revised papers in HESS.
All contributions are efficiently linked and coherently presented on dedicated special issue web pages (an appropriate logo is welcome as a *.jpg file) easily accessible from the HESS/HESSD online libraries.
Guest editors can define the order of the published papers on the SI web page.
Either a non-peer-reviewed editorial preface or a peer-reviewed scientific paper can be used to introduce a special issue.
Print versions are available upon completed publication of all contributions. A minimum order of 20 copies is necessary, and the price will depend on the total number of pages in the special issue.
The price per printed copy is calculated as follows:
number of pages × €0.15
+ softcover and binding (€2.35) (hardcover price on request)
+ priority mail (individually calculated)
A special issue can comprise publications in any number of Copernicus’ open-access journals, and the special issue editors can be from the same or different journals. It may, however, be advantageous to have representation from editorial board members from more than one of the constituent special issue journals. One journal should be nominated as the notional lead for administrative purposes. The manuscript processing follows the standard special issue procedure of the journal in which the manuscript is submitted. Afterwards, all published papers are co-listed on a joint special issue web page (in addition to the regular chronological volume of each journal).
Special issue proposal & guidelines for editors
To make arrangements for a special issue, please contact one of the HESS editors covering the relevant subject areas and one of the HESS executive editors (see editorial board and journal subject areas). Please provide the following information:
title of the special issue;
names, affiliations, and short CVs of the proposed special issue editors;
start date & end date of submission;
a statement of the purpose of the special issue (including information on whether the special issue will include only invited papers or whether it is open for all submissions within the scope of the special issue).
Responsibilities of special issue editors:
to coordinate a rigorous peer-review process (at least two independent referees);
to ensure that the English is at a high level and request copy-editing if necessary.
Policy on special issues
The executive editors have the following policy in place:
A special issue should be on a major advancement or innovation in hydrology.
It should not be merely a proceeding of a meeting. We do not want HESS to be a proceedings journal. However, a meeting organized around an innovative subject with a collection of carefully selected papers (often invited) is welcome. It may also be the result of a meeting that summarizes a major step forward that has been achieved, leading to new perspectives.
The executive editors make the decision on the basis of a proposal by the envisaged guest editor(s) and appoint a responsible executive editor. It is important that the guest editors have high qualifications (this speaks for itself). Preferably one of the editors of HESS is included in the proposal.
The papers will be reviewed through the normal HESSD system and evaluated on a paper-by-paper basis. One of the guest editors should become the handling editor of each paper. Clearly the guest editor(s) should suggest referees as well (as is normally the case).
The Copernicus Publications Editorial Support will make sure that the papers appear as part of a special issue.